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barbeque, and probably will do something similar to this or we may rent a hall.” All wedding preparations are going smoothly for this couple, but with one big decision left to make. “Our biggest discussion,” Millie says, “has been over name changes!”

“I imagine someday our children and grandchildren will look back at this time and see us as part of a huge civil rights movement,” Carrie Visser says. “I will be forever grateful to the couples who took their case to the Iowa Supreme Court and won this victory for all of us.”

Liberties and Rights

On the day of his marriage, Rev. Rich Hendricks wrote, “Today, Sunday, May 3, 2009, was like the realization of a dream, and coming full circle as I was privileged to conduct legally-recognized samegender marriages for seven couples in a joint ceremony. Today was our time to take advantage of the equality extended by Iowa law and to celebrate our love together.”

Iowa’s motto, “Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain,” has been upheld, and whether couples have already married since the legalization of samegender weddings in Iowa, or are planning their weddings, the sentiment concerning the new law is the same.

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But there is concern for other states and countries too. “We are so pleased to be a part of history,” Rev. Rich adds,” but we will not stop fighting for equality until people all over the world share equal rights.” Susan Hart Hellman is a freelance writer based in California. susan@susanharthellman.com

Volume 4, Issue 2 (Summer/Autumn 2009)  

Heartland in Gay America

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